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Posts from September 2017

  • 26th September 2017
Countryside Stewardship: Farming the Past, in the Present, for the Future

  Archaeology is not just about getting muddy and digging holes! Worcestershire’s archaeologists undertake a wide variety of tasks that help to conserve, through proactive management, the county’s historic environment. One way in which we do this is by supporting farmers and landowners who are looking to manage and conserve archaeological and historic features through...

  • 26th September 2017
Discover more about archaeological finds

Following on from our archaeology workshops over the past couple of years we have a new series led our Finds Archaeologists.   This short course will give you the opportunity to learn more about archaeological finds from local experts. Sessions will also include a chance to handle examples, so that you get first-hand experience of...

  • 24th September 2017
Worcestershire Archaeology Day 2017

Worcestershire Archaeology Day, a popular annual event in our calendar, will be taking place on Saturday 4th November. Once again we will have a day of talk about recent projects and excavations from our staff and invited guests. Talks will include Broadway Excavations – a large scale three month dig uncovering Iron-Age, Roman & Saxon remains...

  • 23rd September 2017
Rochford Walkpast

On Sunday 1st October we are leading a walk in Rochford as part of the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project. The Teme Valley was an important area for orchards, and Rochford was once heavily covered in them. There are still some today, and some are being restored, and the walk will take in some of...

  • 22nd September 2017
Worcestershire Pride: Exploring LGBT+ records in the archives

  It is an important year in the history of the LGBT+ community as 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. The first ever Worcestershire Pride takes place this Saturday, 23rd September, and will be a fantastic opportunity to embrace the diversity of our county and give visibility...

  • 19th September 2017
Unpicking a Sticky Situation

As the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service Book and Paper Conservator, I was recently contacted by a local organisation with a bit of a problem in some of their archives.  A small number of parchment documents had been discovered that were very dry and hard, and impossible to open.  Looking more like the dogs raw-hide...

  • 18th September 2017
Back from conservation – Mytton Oak cremation urn

Around 4000 years ago a 30-40 year old woman was cremated and her remains buried in an upturned pot, or burial urn. In 2015 we found this Bronze Age burial and carefully excavated the contents back in the office. Analysis of the urn and its contents has now been completed and the urn has recently...

  • 11th September 2017
Worcestershire’s Farmsteads and Landscapes

Traditional farmsteads and their buildings contribute to local distinctiveness and the varied character of our countryside by reflecting local geology, building traditions and farming practices. The future of the majority of historic farm buildings is increasingly dependent on a new role outside mainstream agricultural use. Since 2009 Worcestershire County Council has been involved with a series...

  • 8th September 2017
Weavers Cottages

Three recently renovated historic cottages are up for sale by public auction on Tuesday 12th September. Over the past few years The Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust have been working on rescuing and restoring these historic buildings. They are described  their listed building status as “three houses with attic workshops dating from the mid and late...

  • 8th September 2017
Family History Workshops

September is here, and for many people their thoughts turn to taking up a new activity or going back to an old hobby after the holidays. We often get more enquiries about starting family history in September and January, so we run workshops to help people get started and find out more about the sources....